UPDATE: Two children aboard plane that crashed near Angel Fire; no survivors
Posted at: 03/03/2013 3:49 PM
| Updated at: 03/04/2013 9:11 AM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
A single engine plane crashed during take off at the Angel Fire Airport in New Mexico on Sunday.
A family of four, including two children, is believed to have been aboard.
There were no survivors, State Police said.
The plane, which was registered out of Texas, crashed during take off at the Angel Fire Airport.
Angel Fire Airport manager Carl Shilcutt said a family of four from San Antonio, Texas - including two children - were on board.
Strong winds are believed to be the factor in the crash.
According the Federal Aviation Administration website, the plane is registered to Verhalen Flyers Inc. in Scottsville, Texas.
Michael Turri contacted KOB Eyewitness News 4 and shared video he shot of the scene within a half-hour after the crash happened.
The video showed firefighters battling the wind off Highway 434 as they struggled to cover what is left of the destroyed plane with a tarp.
"It made me feel sick," Turri said in a phone interview.
Turri spoke with a pilot who explained, strong winds made it virtually impossible for a plane of that size to withstand.
"The cross winds were almost exactly perpendicular to the runway, and he says these kind of winds gusting anywhere from 35 to 50 miles an hour were pretty treacherous flying conditions," Turri said. "He was really surprised actually to have heard or seen a plane up in the air."
The plane only made it about 200 feet or so off the runway before diving straight back down, witnesses said.
"From what he could determine, a heavy west gust wind caught the plane, caused it's right wing to dip and then cork-screwed down to the ground," Turri said.
State police anticipate more details to be released Monday.